Saturday, June 2, 2012

Our week has been truly 'mud-lusious' and 'puddle-wonderful' to quote E E Cummings.

Gumboots have been the order of the day.  If the children forget their own, we have a milk crate with about 10 spare pairs that we bring out into the play space on those muddy, rainy days.

Mud play at preschool is all about designating a space for it, and allowing it to happen.

We don't have a specific dirt / mud patch at the moment, but nature takes care of that for us.  After the rain there are areas outdoors that turn into glorious, thick, squelchy mud just waiting to be jumped in, dug, smoothed, poured, moulded, 'cooked' and carted about in trucks.

I'm blessed to work in an environment that allows children to experience the many benefits of mud play and has a common sense attitude to cleaning up the aftermath.

The squeals of delight from the children, and their high level of engagement with this delightfully sensory material make it all worth it.

If you would like to know more about how and why we include mud play in our program:

Or more about the benefits of mud play for young children:

Marvellous Mud by Rusty Keeler

Did you know that June 29th is International Mud Day?  


  1. Do any of your children have reactions to the mud? Like rashes? We moved to a new home about 6 months ago and I was delighted to have mud for the kids to play in. But we quickly found out it was give them very itchy, red rashes. I'm not sure if it's just my kids sensitive skin or the dirt/mud? It is quite an old house with equally old dirt so I'm hoping to replace it soon but I had never even considered dirt causing a rash!

  2. Great stuff Jennifer! I love the idea of a milk crate with spare boots. I actually saw some for sale in an op-shop recently and walked away because I was unsure of what size to buy (My daughter is a 19 y.o. now and my memory fails me!). What size(s) would be appropriate do you think? :)

  3. Fantastic! We are having a very wet weekend here, I think the wellies (gum boots) will be on for some puddle jumping :-)